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Twitter hashtag misuse

Posted by Kathy Winter @kathywinter, Dec 27, 2016

Lately, we’ve seen tweets from adult oriented accounts randomly using #shriners in posts, along with random medical terms of conditions we treat. The posts don’t make sense and certainly have nothing to do with our organization (fraternity and hospital system). There are quite a few of these accounts doing the exact same thing. Is it appropriate to report and block? I’ve been blocking, but I know that doesn’t do anything but hide it from me. I’m wondering about reporting (which will keep me quite busy, as new ones are showing up each day. Thoughts? Thank you.

I’ve never heard a case of successfully reporting a hashtag, @kathywinter. Seems like they’re open season.

A couple of years ago the hashtag we were using for our annual MCSMN conference was trending. Some porn accounts hijacked it and our feed was full of bad stuff. We switched to another hashtag.

I realize you can’t do that with #shriners. Perhaps if you ignore them they’ll go away.

Anyone had luck reporting improper use of #hashtag?

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I’ve been seeing a lot of those in the past couple of weeks, too, @kathywinter. The accounts are using my employer’s name in a mix of word salad. I’ve been ignoring them; I’m not sure reporting will do much unless the same account is bothering a critical mass of users.

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Following! I’ve been seeing this lately for the hashtag #hyperthyroid.

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@KimberlyGDATF

Following! I’ve been seeing this lately for the hashtag #hyperthyroid.

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Well, I guess those are hyper-something! We’ve had this happen with some of our conference hashtags, like #mayoinoz or #mcsmn. We just always report and block, and it did seem to help. You can pretty much guarantee that if nobody reports and blocks, they’ll never go away. So I’d recommend that you do that.

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I hadn’t noticed this before today, but lo and behold, when I looked at the #uva hashtag this morning, there was a tweet about “blonde mail order brides.” This hashtag (which is more used for the academic/sports side of the University of Virginia) is also “grape” in Italian, so it’s already somewhat diluted, if you will, with wine tweets.

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@KimberlyGDATF

Following! I’ve been seeing this lately for the hashtag #hyperthyroid.

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Hi, @LeeAase, I’ve been blocking and reported a few as “offensive,” which only led to suggestions to blocking. I suppose I could go with reporting the images. The hashtag and accounts are coming up on Cision reports for our PR directors and causing quite the stir.

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We’ve started noticing this recently as well. So glad to find this discussion and know others go through the same annoyance. πŸ™‚

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@SarahJohnston

We’ve started noticing this recently as well. So glad to find this discussion and know others go through the same annoyance. πŸ™‚

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Hi, @SarahJohnston, Are you reporting those tweets? Just curious. I’m finding there are too many to report and I’m afraid eventually I’ll be blocked for reporting so many.

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Does anyone have a Twitter contact we can report this to and have them take a look at the broader situation? Thank you.

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@SarahJohnston

We’ve started noticing this recently as well. So glad to find this discussion and know others go through the same annoyance. πŸ™‚

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I don’t think you need to be worried about blocking and reporting and having Twitter block you. Just to be safe I would do it from your personal account vs. your organization account. During our last #MCSMN member meeting I probably blocked/reported 40-50 accounts or so, and I’m still on Twitter. πŸ˜‰

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@SarahJohnston

We’ve started noticing this recently as well. So glad to find this discussion and know others go through the same annoyance. πŸ™‚

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Hi @kathywinter. I wouldn’t worry about that. I have noticed each one I’ve reported has gotten suspended. If the tweets are nonsense and are associating with your brand, I say report away. πŸ™‚

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Looks like the hashtag storm is subsiding! Yay!

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We block and report.

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